TCA’s middle school academics foster spiritual development and personal responsibility and accountability as students prepare academically for high school.

These are formative years for students as they solidify their social and spiritual identity. This is also the point in academics when students can start choosing electives or specialties, begin taking more personal responsibility and accountability in their schoolwork, and start making preparations for their future pursuits.

6th Grade

6th Grade begins the transition to middle school level. Students are moved from a team teaching classroom in 4th and 5th grade to departmentalized instruction in core curriculum classes with emphasis in developing:

  • Responsibility
  • Independence
  • Social Interaction
  • Spiritual Growth

At first glance, 6th-graders may seem shy and reticent. But with the help and guidance of TCA’s teachers and also from older students, they soon adapt to the routine of changing classrooms, dealing with a variety of teachers, and more rigorous academic requirements.

Science
Using Science 6 by BJU Press, students progress through several units that introduce the facets of earth science, cells and organisms, matter and energy, astronomy, heredity, and the nervous and immune systems of the body. We look at scientific facts from a Christian worldview and participate in several hands-on science projects and experiments.

English
Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing, Level “Red,” students are engaged in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. We will also use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level A to engage students with a multimedia approach in mastering the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

Reading
Students are introduced to an in-depth understanding of the four elements of literature: Setting, Character, Plot and Theme. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres of literature found in novels, short stories, Bible parables, drama, and poetry. With the use of the 6th Grade Progress English Language Arts textbook and the Close Reading of Complex Text workbooks, students will be provided with a complete reading literacy and fluency program, designed to help students, through multiple readings and analysis and uncover the deeper meaning of texts. As the year progresses, students will develop individual proficiency through a guided independent reading program. Students will also be introduced to informational (nonfiction) texts, to support and improve their proficiency in reading. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to reading practice, research and writing tools, speaking and listening skills, as well as vocabulary to help enhance their fluency and understanding of the language. Faith-based learning and Biblical integration will occur throughout the course, as students are exposed to universal themes that have a biblical foundation.

Bible
Using the Positive Action for Christ, Winning the Race Bible curriculum, we draw from the entire Word of God to encourage students in principles that affect their entire lives. Using characters from the Old and New Testament and the life of Christ, we study the different ways God works in someone’s life. The text also includes an overview of Revelation.

History
BJU Press’ Heritage Studies 6 is part of a social studies program teaching history, geography, government, economics and culture through the lens of a biblical worldview. We will focus on the beginning of civilizations and their relationship to God and His truth. Students will use writing, oration, and creativity to demonstrate understanding of these topics.

Math
Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. Typically, a sixth grader would begin with Course 1.

Spanish (Grades 5-8)
Rosetta Stone Language Foundations: Spanish Fundamentals (Levels 1-5 available)

Students with limited or no exposure to the Spanish language are able to develop everyday conversational skills through this classroom format of the Rosetta Stone software. Students progress at their own pace, beginning with Level 1. Each level provides opportunities to review and retake units and levels in order to achieve an appropriate level of mastery. Their learning follows with them as they progress from grade to grade. This program allows for a uniquely designed, guided, self-paced environment that focuses on grasping the fundamentals of the language through speech feedback and live tutoring.

Additionally, students can access a month’s worth of training in German, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, and more.

Computer Tech
This class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised manner. It focuses on internet-based resources such as Google Classroom and Google Apps which facilitate working in school and at home. Google Docs is a word-processor similar to Word, Google Slides is a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Sites allows for the creation of websites. Students are taught to explore the internet safely, to evaluate websites to locate credible sources, and to generate and keep passwords safe.

Additionally, they recognize that they leave a digital footprint and discover how to avoid and handle cyber-bullying. Furthermore, students will learn to master touch typing skills reinforced by online training sessions and games that boost their typing speed and accuracy. This helps them prepare for ongoing computer use in their middle school experience. The class works alongside their Language Arts, Literature and Science teachers in preparation for writing research papers, Science Fair reports and other projects.

6th – 8th grade Academic Enrichment
Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning is a computer, web based, program that enhances the reading curriculum used at TCA. Students read books on their identified reading level, successfully quiz, and earn points towards incentives. Regular use of this program increases reading comprehension, fluency, and overall achievement.

7th Grade

During this year of middle school, emphasis is placed more fully on developing student maturity, working closely with 8th-graders, and continued growth in academic responsibility and independence.

This year is an opportunity for students to hone their identity while developing maturity levels that allow them to interact with older students more readily.

Science
Using Life Science Purposeful Design Publications, we discover and study the wonders of the created world through a biblical worldview. We study cells, heredity and genetics, taxonomy and the three domains and six kingdoms. Students are engaged in topics through investigating and observing the world around them.

English
Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing, Level “Purple,” students are engaged in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. We will also use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level B to engage students with a multimedia approach in mastering the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

Literature
Literature classes begin a two-year progression that begins in 7th Grade. Students will be engaged in a streamlined, comprehensive English Language Arts program utilizing the Progress English Language Arts textbook. These grade level textbooks will provide students with an opportunity to increase their exposure to the four important components of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Diction (Language/vocabulary enhancement).

Students will develop and improve their understanding of both basic and advanced literary terminology, as well acquire and increase their use of academic and domain-specific vocabulary. In addition, students will utilize the grade level appropriate Close Reading of Complex Textbooks, where in-depth reading, reading annotation, and text analysis will take place to help students gain a strong skill set in drawing connections between ideas and details contained within a variety of texts, including significant pieces of literature, such as novels, short-stories, poetry, drama, and a variety of related and integrated nonfiction (informational readings and historical readings).

Throughout the course, students will be asked to participate in independent reading to help students gain the confidence needed to improve their reading fluency and literacy skills. Students will also improve their writing and research skills through the analysis of writing models, as well as engaging in writing both informational and narrative essays with a strong emphasis on the use of appropriate language usage and the MLA writing format. Throughout the course, faith-based learning and Biblical integration will be incorporated into the reading curriculum to help students develop a strong spiritual perspective and biblically based worldview.

Bible
We use the Route 66 Positive Action for Christ Bible Curriculum to give middle schoolers the big picture of the Bible. They discover how the Bible’s divisions relate, the context of each part, and how each fits into God’s plan. Students will understand the primary themes of Scripture, providing a solid foundation for future studies. We also discuss how to apply biblical principles to daily life.

History
Students study World Studies utilizing the BJU Press curriculum. We look at key events in world history, examining topics such as creation, cultural development, colonization throughout the earth, revolutions and their founding ideas, World Wars, and the global community.

Students will gain experience in writing, reporting, group projects and interactive class activities that correspond with the current history lesson.

Math
Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. A seventh grade student would typically take Course 2; however, advanced students may be permitted to take Course 3 in preparation for completing Algebra 1 in the eighth grade.

Spanish (Grades 5-8)
Rosetta Stone Language Foundations: Spanish Fundamentals (Levels 1-5 available)

Students with limited or no exposure to the Spanish language are able to develop everyday conversational skills through this classroom format of the Rosetta Stone software. Students progress at their own pace, beginning with Level 1. Each level provides opportunities to review and retake units and levels in order to achieve an appropriate level of mastery. Their learning follows with them as they progress from grade to grade. This program allows for a uniquely designed, guided, self-paced environment that focuses on grasping the fundamentals of the language through speech feedback and live tutoring.

Additionally, students can access a month’s worth of training in German, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, and more.

Computer Tech
This class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised manner. It focuses on internet-based resources such as Google Classroom and Google Apps which facilitate working in school and at home. Google Docs is a word-processor similar to Word, Google Slides is a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Sites allows for the creation of websites. Students are taught to explore the internet safely, to evaluate websites to locate credible sources, and to generate and keep passwords safe.

Additionally, they recognize that they leave a digital footprint and discover how to avoid and handle cyber-bullying. Furthermore, students will learn to master touch typing skills reinforced by online training sessions and games that boost their typing speed and accuracy. This helps them prepare for ongoing computer use in their middle school experience. The class works alongside their Language Arts, Literature and Science teachers in preparation for writing research papers, Science Fair reports and other projects.

6th – 8th grade Academic Enrichment
Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning is a computer, web based, program that enhances the reading curriculum used at TCA. Students read books on their identified reading level, successfully quiz, and earn points towards incentives. Regular use of this program increases reading comprehension, fluency, and overall achievement.

8th Grade

Our priorities for 8th Grade work to establish a smooth transition to high school through increasing demand for independence and responsibility, enhancing spiritual maturity, and increasing student capacity for critical thinking and analysis.

With the vision of high school before them, 8th graders are encouraged to develop a more serious attitude toward being responsible and independent, both in and out of the classroom. At the end of the school year, 8th-graders will write formal commencement speeches to be presented at graduation (apart from Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches).

Eighth-graders will also enjoy an individual photo shoot in Princeton, NJ for the yearbook, an end-of-year field trip to Great Adventure, and opportunities to take the lead fundraising efforts for the end of the year middle school social.

Science
Using Earth Science by BJU Press, students study the creationist view of earth’s history and disprove evolutionary views. Scientific philosophies and models of our earth are studied as well as meteorology, geology, and oceanography.

English
Using Sadlier’s Grammar for Writing Level “Yellow,” students are engaged in grade-specific goals for the writing process and language conventions. We will also use Sadlier’s Vocabulary Workshop Level C to engage students with a multimedia approach in mastering the meaning of more complex words—especially those that draw their meaning primarily from context.

Literature
Literature classes begin a two-year progression that begins in 7th Grade. Students will be engaged in a streamlined, comprehensive English Language Arts program utilizing the Progress English Language Arts textbook. These grade level textbooks will provide students with an opportunity to increase their exposure to the four important components of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Diction (Language/vocabulary enhancement).

Students will develop and improve their understanding of both basic and advanced literary terminology, as well acquire and increase their use of academic and domain-specific vocabulary. In addition, students will utilize the grade level appropriate Close Reading of Complex Textbooks, where in-depth reading, reading annotation, and text analysis will take place to help students gain a strong skill set in drawing connections between ideas and details contained within a variety of texts, including significant pieces of literature, such as novels, short-stories, poetry, drama, and a variety of related and integrated nonfiction (informational readings and historical readings).

Throughout the course, students will be asked to participate in independent reading to help students gain the confidence needed to improve their reading fluency and literacy skills. Students will also improve their writing and research skills through the analysis of writing models, as well as engaging in writing both informational and narrative essays with a strong emphasis on the use of appropriate language usage and the MLA writing format. Throughout the course, faith-based learning and Biblical integration will be incorporated into the reading curriculum to help students develop a strong spiritual perspective and biblically based worldview.

Bible
Using Wise Up, Wisdom in Proverbs and Positive Action for Christ Bible Curriculum, the goal of this course is to make the Bible meaningful to students. From the study of Proverbs, students gain insight into God’s Word and into the worth and purpose of their own lives. We emphasize life application for everyday student issues.

History
Students study American Heritage utilizing the BJU Press curriculum as they continue to survey United States history with the goal of a comprehensive overview of our nation’s progression from discover to the 21st Century.

Math
Saxon Math (courses 1-3) is taught throughout middle school. This curriculum divides math concepts into small, easily-understood pieces that span several lessons. Each daily lesson incorporates daily spiral reviews to aid students in practicing and applying learned math concepts. A seventh grade student would typically take Course 2; however, advanced students may be permitted to take Course 3 in preparation for completing Algebra 1 in the eighth grade.

Spanish (Grades 5-8)
Rosetta Stone Language Foundations: Spanish Fundamentals (Levels 1-5 available)

Students with limited or no exposure to the Spanish language are able to develop everyday conversational skills through this classroom format of the Rosetta Stone software. Students progress at their own pace, beginning with Level 1. Each level provides opportunities to review and retake units and levels in order to achieve an appropriate level of mastery. Their learning follows with them as they progress from grade to grade. This program allows for a uniquely designed, guided, self-paced environment that focuses on grasping the fundamentals of the language through speech feedback and live tutoring.

Additionally, students can access a month’s worth of training in German, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, and more.

Computer Tech
This class prepares students for entry into 21 century technology in a safe and supervised manner. It focuses on internet-based resources such as Google Classroom and Google Apps which facilitate working in school and at home. Google Docs is a word-processor similar to Word, Google Slides is a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Sites allows for the creation of websites. Students are taught to explore the internet safely, to evaluate websites to locate credible sources, and to generate and keep passwords safe.

Additionally, they recognize that they leave a digital footprint and discover how to avoid and handle cyber-bullying. Furthermore, students will learn to master touch typing skills reinforced by online training sessions and games that boost their typing speed and accuracy. This helps them prepare for ongoing computer use in their middle school experience. The class works alongside their Language Arts, Literature and Science teachers in preparation for writing research papers, Science Fair reports and other projects.

6th – 8th grade Academic Enrichment
Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning is a computer, web based, program that enhances the reading curriculum used at TCA. Students read books on their identified reading level, successfully quiz, and earn points towards incentives. Regular use of this program increases reading comprehension, fluency, and overall achievement.

Special Activities and Events
    • Camp Dark Waters: Students are involved in group problem-solving activities and teambuilding exercises to foster unity, leadership skills and cooperation.
    • End-of-year Middle School Social
    • Operation Christmas Child provides an opportunity to participate in a service project that has a far-reaching impact for those less fortunate.
    • ACSI Leadership Conference provides opportunity for selected middle school students to develop spiritual leadership while participating in activities and seminars with other students from area Christian schools
    • Spring Science Fair
    • Service Learning Projects happen throughout the year providing students the opportunity to serve the community at home and abroad and demonstrate the love of Christ to others.

Academic competitions:

    • ACSI Spelling Bee
    • ACSI Math Olympics
    • TCA Science Fair
Additional Middle School Electives
  • Yearbook: Students work together with dedicated sponsors to compile photography, event coverage, conversations and quotes to craft each school year’s essence so they can have a concrete reminder of that season of their lives. This is a great leadership opportunity.
  • Select Choir: Students from Grades 5-8 may audition for this opportunity to perform as a group. Both sacred and secular songs, including classical pieces in other languages, will be featured in each year’s collection. This is a great chance to vocally prepare able students for high school choirs. And each Spring, our Select Choir performs at a regional choir competition.
  • Study Skills: This class is required for middle school students to learn note-taking techniques and time management skills, as well as reading for comprehension and organization. The curriculum is designed to help students build effective study skills that aptly prepare them for the rigor of high school academics.
  • Art: Students in middle school can choose an art class as their elective, allowing for colorful creative expression.

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